Live Review: Walk the Moon @ Rams Head Live — 2/4/19

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Walk the Moon performs at Rams Head Live on Feb. 4, 2019. (Photo by Shantel Breen)

On Monday, Walk the Moon successfully delivered a performance that made everyone at Rams Head Live forget that the week had only just started! Fans did not waste any time getting to the show either as the venue filled in nicely very shortly after the doors opened. The vibe was like that of a weekend show — and by the time Walk the Moon took the stage, the show had sold-out.

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Snapshots: OAR @ The Anthem — 12/15/18

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OAR performs at The Anthem on Dec. 15, 2018. (Photo by Shantel M. Breen) 

OAR lead singer Marc Roberge shouted, “It’s not going to rain on our parade,” changing up the lyrics a bit when performing their second song for the evening, “About Mr. Brown.” And so, while it may have been pouring outside, the mood inside The Anthem was bright as a summer’s day last weekend.  The band’s tour, Just Like Paradise, included 12 shows, ending with this show at The Anthem.

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Concerts of 2018 by Shantel

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Marco Benevento shakes up The 8×10 on June 14, 2018. (Photo by Shantel M. Breen)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

This year has been a music filled year for me.  I have managed to make it to over 80 shows in 2018 and some of these shows I had the pleasure of reviewing for Parklife DC.  As I wrap up my concert calendar for this year, I started reflecting on my most memorable shows for 2018.  I focused on shows that I felt were excited to photograph or the performance left an impression on me.  In most cases, the shows in my Top 10 were the first time seeing the band perform and consequently, winning me over as a new fan.  Listed in chronological order, my Top 10 will take you through 2018 and hopefully remind you of some great musical memories as well!

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Music Park: The Front Bottoms with Manchester Orchestra @ The Anthem — 11/24/18

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The Front Bottoms headline The Anthem on Nov. 24, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Breen) 

The Front Bottoms returned to DC exactly one year after their last visit at The Fillmore Silver Spring.  This time, they stopped by The Anthem — and they didn’t come alone!  The Front Bottoms teamed up with Manchester Orchestra for a dynamic set from both bands on Saturday.

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Music Park: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ Rams Head Live — 11/23/18

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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performs at Rams Head Live on Nov. 23, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Breen)

Baltimore’s own Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performed two shows for their hometown fans this past Friday and Saturday at Rams Head Live! It was a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend!

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Music Park: Los Campesinos! w/ Adult Mom @ The Black Cat — 11/17/18

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Los Campesinos! perform at the Black Cat on Nov. 17, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Breen)

Los Campesinos! are celebrating 10 years of music with a tour that made its last stop at the Black Cat this past Saturday night.  Devoted fans started lining up over an hour before doors to get a good spot up front for this show.  The audience members were treated to an outstanding performance that evening!  Shantel Breen was up front to enjoy the show.

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